Kittel sprints to third straight win
Marcel Kittel continued his domination of the Four Days of Dunkirk with his third straight sprint victory.
The Skil-Shimano rider beat Yauheni Hutarovich and Denis Galimzyanov to the line on the third stage of the five-day tour, a 171km route from Caudry to Le Cateau, to further extend his lead in the general classification.
Kristof Goddaert (AG2R), Niki Terpstra (QuickStep), Johan Le Bon (Bretagnoe-Schuller), Mickael Delage (FDJ) and Benoit Daeninck (Roubaix Lille Metropole) made the first breakaway after 11km, taking the first climb and intermediate sprint points, before eventually being caught at the 65km mark.
Cofidis' Remi Cusin was the next rider to make a move, just 11km later, and he was quickly joined by Leopard Trek's Anders Lund, Andy Cappelle (QuickStep), Cyril Bessy (Saur SojaSun), Mathieu Claude (Europcar) and Anthony Colin (Roubaix Lille Metropole).
The breakaway managed to form a four-minute lead, with Colin gaining enough points to take over the mountain jersey.
But with 23km remaining, three of the riders dropped off the back and were swallowed up by the peloton before Cusin, Claude and Cappelle were also caught before Kittel won the sprint finish.